‘Big Fix’ alleges oil-spill cover-ups

Originally published on HoumaToday.com


By Cara Bayles

Josh Tickell said he did not set out to make his documentary, “The Big Fix,” when he traveled to Grand Isle in the summer of 2010.

A local fishermen’s advocate says she plans to screen “The Big Fix” documentary film in Houma, Grand Isle and Plaquemines Parish within the next month.

The documentary he made with his wife, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, offers a damning critique of the BP oil spill, its effect on the coastal environment and the oil industry’s relationship with the state and federal governments.

Tickell, who grew up on New Orleans’ North Shore and in Port Allen, visited the beach about a month after BP’s Macondo well blowout, which led to the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

“We dug under the sand and realized the oil was literally being covered up,” he said.

He found that was a metaphor for other aspects of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, including its effect on the Gulf’s seafood and waters and the ongoing pollution alleged by environmentalist and explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau.

In “The Big Fix,” the filmmakers make a case that the federal government and corporate interests have covered up major health and environmental problems related to the spill.

“In southern Louisiana, the way to deal with problems sometimes is if you can’t sweep it under the rug, you get a bigger rug,” Tickell said.

The Tickells turned to celebrities and locals to help illustrate the long-term effects of the spill in southern Louisiana.

Actors Tim Robbins and Peter Fonda, both environmental activists, signed on as executive producers, and Fonda appears in the documentary.

Margaret Curole, 49, of Galliano, appears in the film as well. She worked as a commercial shrimper for 20 years and for the past decade has been an outspoken advocate for local fishermen….

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